Set 37 – Five New Words For Feb 6

Theme: Verbs

1. gallivant or galavant (GAL-uh-vant)
MEANING:
verb intr.: To roam about in search of pleasure.

USAGE:
“Lady Gaga, Kyle Richards, and Carlton Gebbia gallivant around the streets of Amsterdam in thigh-high boots and trench coats just past midnight.”

2. vituperate (vy-TOO-puh-rayt, -TYOO-, vi-)

MEANING:
verb tr., intr.: To use harsh or abusive language.

USAGE:
“In debate, Thaddeus Stevens vituperates with relish — You fatuous nincompoop, you unnatural noise! — at foes of the 13th amendment.”

3. scrutate (SKRU-tayt)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To investigate.

USAGE:
“Philosophers have too often thought that they can learn more about human nature by scrutating the murky depths of substance and faculties than by interpreting the obvious evidence.”

4. distend (di-STEND)

MEANING:
verb tr., intr.: To swell, inflate, or extend.

USAGE:
“My lungs felt inefficient, distended, like balloons full of water.”

5. manducate (MAN-joo-kayt)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To chew or eat.

USAGE:
“Flem literally manducates, chewing over his surroundings.”

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